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What are the effects of breast cancer on the body?

What are the effects of breast cancer on the body?

This is complex..: The hope is to diagnosis breast cancer when it is confined to the breast. At this stage, the cancer does not affect the rest of the body, but the treatments can (side effects). When a cancer spreads, the effects depend on the area of the body that contains the cells that have spread. Most common: lungs, liver, brain, bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

What are effects of radiation for breast cancer on the body? Short and long term.

See below: Short term effects include fatigue and radiation dermatitis (like a bad sunburn). Long term effects may include heart (if radiating the left breast) or lung damage, though these are rare. Also rare, is another tumor called sarcoma in the field of radiation. This can occur more than 20 years after radiation. ...Read more

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What does breast cancer do to the body?

What does breast cancer do to the body?

Hopefully Nothing: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one;when evident, we call this metastases. We can correlate the probability of cancer cells being "elsewhere" with its stage.Based on the stage & the unique molecular features of the tumor, we may recommend chemotherapy to kill cells that may have gone to other organs. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer affect the body?

How can  breast cancer affect the body?

Varies widely: Depends on the stage at time of diagnosis. Early stage cancer could have little affect, and advanced later stages can reduce a woman;s life expectancy. Later stage disease can spread and damage other organs if untreated. ...Read more

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What are the chances of breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body?

What are the chances of breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body?

Good: Breast Cancer like all malignancies is programmed to spread. When first appearing as a lesion growing out of the milk duct, it remains in-situ for a period of time because clones or populations that spread havnt formed. As early mutations occur new populations of cells will leave the primary to spread, so that the rule is: The earlier the diagnosis the better the chance of cure. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread into the rest of the body?

How does breast cancer spread into the rest of the body?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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If my breast cancer feed off estrogen bein a female how can I reduce it in my body?

If my breast cancer feed off estrogen bein a female how can I reduce it in my body?

Anti-hormone drugs: If you have been diagnosed with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, you should be on a medication to either block estrogen (tamoxifen) or, if you are post-menopausal, to decrease the level of estrogen in your body (letrozole, anastrazole, or exemestane). You can lose weight if you are obese, which will also decrease the estrogen in your body. However, anti-estrogen drugs are very important! ...Read more

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Why do breast cancer cells break away from the tumor and spread to other ograns of the body?

Why do breast cancer cells break away from the tumor and spread to other ograns of the body?

The Nature of Cancer: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one. Some cancer cells are better than others at travelling; others have more of a tendency to travel the longer they have been untreated. If we really understood the "why" part, we would be that much closer to curing all cancer. ...Read more

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I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

Congratulations: As a rule, the risk of recurrence of the cancer you had goes down with time. It varies a lot depending on the stage and receptor status and I'm afraid there's no magic number after which the risk is zero (I've seen it relapse more than 15 years after surgery). As to other cancers, the risk depends on the kind. Some cancers have shared risk factors, be it genetic or lifestyle, some others.... ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more